Zuckerberg explains why there will be no Meta app store in the EU | Technology

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Many developers and tech companies didn’t react well to the changes proposed by Apple last month to comply with the European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) antitrust legislation, and Mark Zuckerberg is on that team. The Meta CEO said on Thursday that he doubts developers will opt in to the new “onerous” terms set by Apple in the EU.

Zuckerberg opposes Apple’s proposals in the EU

During the announcement of Meta’s Q4 2023 fiscal results (via TechCrunch), Zuckerberg shared with investors some thoughts on Apple’s DMA proposals. The executive believes that the new rules are “so onerous” that he doesn’t see how developers will opt for the new business models suggested by the company as alternatives to the current one.

Zuckerberg suggested that not even Meta will opt for Apple’s new terms in the EU as things stand. “I don’t think that the Apple thing is going to have any difference for us because I think that the way that they’ve implemented it, I would be very surprised if any developer chose to go into the alternative app stores that they have,” the executive said.

“They’ve made it so onerous, and I think, so at odds with the intent of what the EU regulation was that I think it’s just going to be very difficult for anyone — including ourselves — to really seriously entertain what they’re doing there,” he added.

Here’s what changes for developers with the new rules

To recap, Apple will let developers in the EU opt for new terms that reduce the commission to 17% (or 10% for those part of the Small Business Program). This is a significant cut from the traditional 30% commission charged by…

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